I have asked to put the below at the request of the NHS
A spokesperson for NHS North East London and the City said:
“Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust experienced a major surge in demand for its accident and emergency service in early January. This was incorrectly reported as a “major incident” in a paper to the NHS North East London and the City Board last month.
“The Trust reported the surge to NHS North East London and the City (primary care trust) and it was agreed that staffing in the Emergency Department would be increased and 16 beds would be opened to deal with the increase in patients. It is usual when there is a surge in demand for the service for this to be reported to the primary care trust so the hospital and PCT can work together to ensure services are available for patients.
“We apologise for any misunderstanding as a result of using the phrase major incident.”